All it takes is a pretty printed paper plate, some autumn leaves, and a few dollar store supplies to make this cheerful Fall wreath. The simple instructions make this craft child-friendly; make it a class project by taking a walk to gather leaves before you begin!
For each wreath you will need:
- paper plate with printed design
- clean Fall leaves in lots of colors, stems removed
- tissue paper, one sheet per wreath
- small length of yarn, for hanger
newspaper, paper punch, tacky-type craft glue, baby wipes (for clean-up)
Cover work surface with newspaper. Using paper punch, punch a hole in the of the paper plate, about 1/2-inch down, so that the plate will hang straight.
Rip the tissue paper into strips about 3-inches wide. Using tacky-type craft glue, spread a line of glue about one quarter the way around the outside edge if the paper plate. Ruffle the tissue paper strips so that they form a band about 1 to 1 1/2-inch wide and press it onto the glue. You may need to keep pressing down so that it adheres well. Allow to dry a bit before moving on to the next quarter of the plate; allow to dry.
Once the tissue paper is thoroughly dry, begin gluing the leaves in place. Squeeze a small amount of tacky-type craft glue on to the newspaper (or scrap sheet of paper) and dip the bottom of the leaves (stem end) in the glue. Stick the glued part of the leaf into the tissue paper band. The ridges and folds of the tissue paper should provide lots of places for slipping the glued leaves in. Continue adding and gluing leaves around the wreath until there are enough leaves to hide the tissue paper. Make sure to have some leaves standing up, while others lay flat. Allow leaves to dry occasionally, adding more leaves, if necessary, unitl desired fullness is acheived--the more leaves the better.
Cut a small length of string and slip it through the punched hole, knotting the ends, for a hanger. Allow wreath to dry overnight before hanging.
To print a copy of these instructions, click here-->Download Paper Plate and Leaf Wreath Instructions